Tiburcio Reyes, Sr. was interviewed by Helen Krische in 2006 as part of an oral history project to document the La Yarda and Mexican-American communities in Lawrence, Kansas. La Yarda was a neighborhood of worker housing provided by the Santa Fe Railroad for Mexican-American railroad workers; located near the Kansas (Kaw) River, the neighborhood was largely destroyed by a major flood in 1951. Tiburcio grew up in East and North Lawrence; his father was one of a number of Mexican-American railroad workers who settled in Lawrence before 1950. Tiburcio describes his family's migration from Mexico to Lawrence, and their work to establish the Tropicana and El Matador restaurants in North Lawrence; at the time of the interview, Tiburcio owned and operated the El Matador Cafe with his daughter and grandchildren. He discussed his military service during the Vietnam War, and his thoughts about immigration. Tiburcio also discusses experiences of discrimination and segregation faced by the Mexican-American community in Lawrence.